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John Fulton
Former County Extension Director

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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Tips for the Week

Posted by John Fulton -

  • Mow the grass as it is needed. Try to remove no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade to do away with catching or raking grass. That first trip out with the mower usually shocks us how long some of the grass is.
  • Broadleaf weed control is just around the corner for many weeds. Look at early May for the best control.
  • Grub control is largely unsuccessful in the spring because of large grub size and a short life cycle. Look to August and September for grub control.
  • Moles are becoming active, but controlling the grubs won't help much now. Look to a noose or scissor trap, or one of the soft baits with poison for control.
  • The average last killing frost date is about May 5 for our area, and many gardening charts use May 10 for planting tender crops in our area. This would include squash, peppers, tomatoes, green beans, and others.
  • Prune flowering shrubs after they are done flowering. This will promote growth, and hopefully maximize your flowers for next year.
  • If you are interested in using the soil applied treatment for Japanese beetle control on ornamental trees and shrubs, the earlier applications allow for better distribution in the plants. These treatments will not eliminate damage, but will reduce it by 50 to 75% since beetles must feed until the consume enough of the insecticide in the leaves.

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